How to Break a Generational Curse

Jason Henry
Change Becomes You
Published in
6 min readMay 29, 2023

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You may have noticed that the issues you are currently facing are issues that your parents had to deal with. And if you ask them you might find out that their parents also struggled with the same problems.

This phenomenon, in religious or spiritual circles, is called a generational curse. In psychology, it is referred to as generational trauma. But what both terms are referring to is the shared negative experiences of people and their relatives.

Traumatic experiences happen to everyone but not everyone handles these challenges in ways that lead to healthy resolutions. An individual experiences something traumatic and then passes the information on how to deal with this down genetically or through the child’s modeling of their parents.

As a result, the child is ill-equipped to deal with the issue and is unaware of that fact, or the child is aware of their ignorance but still does not know how to actually handle the problem. The problem is so ingrained in the members of the family that it garners the title of “curse.”

Research suggests that trauma is epigenetic. When pairing the scent of acetophenone with electric shocks to laboratory mice, researchers found the mice were traumatized and shuddered in fear. Eventually, whenever the smell of acetophenone reemerged, the mice would immediately shudder in fear, even…

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Jason Henry
Change Becomes You

Former Edu. Psychologist | Current Writer | Constant Learner | “By your stumbling the world is perfected.”